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US marine gets 40 years for Philippines rape

By Mynardo Macaraig / MANILA (AFP) – Lance Corporal Daniel Smith showed no emotion as police led him away to his fate, while the victim burst into tears as her supporters cheered and shouted: “Jail the Americans!” Three other US marines were acquitted in the case.

Philippines buries dead; typhoon’s toll at 406

By Carlos H. Conde / MANILA: Rescue workers began Sunday to bury hundreds of victims of a landslide set off by a typhoon that loosened the slopes of a volcano in Albay Province in the northern Philippines, sending mud and debris down the mountain.

Philippines struggles with 4th big storm

By OLIVER TEVES, (AP) PADANG, Philippines – Doomed by geography and hobbled by poverty, the Philippines has long struggled to minimize damage from the onslaught of typhoons it faces each year. But the high death tolls and destruction persist, with the latest storm killing more than 300 people and Read more »

Grim search for bodies in Philippines

DARAGA, Philippines (Reuters) — Distraught survivors searched piles of bodies for the faces of their loved ones in the central Philippines on Saturday after landslides triggered by Typhoon Durian left hundreds dead.

‘388 dead’ as storm hits Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (CNN) — Red Cross officials in Manila reported at least 388 people were killed when Typhoon Durian slammed into the Philippines Friday, triggering volcanic mudslides and flooding.

New test questions for US citizenship unveiled

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(AP) WASHINGTON – The government on Thursday unveiled 144 revised civic questions it will try out on immigrants who want to become Americans, as part of an effort to design a more meaningful citizenship test.